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Colton starts the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by talking about what the podcast will look like over the next two weeks, assigns some “Required Reading” and gives you a preview of some upcoming content in “The Loop” (0:00-6:31). After that, Colton chats with American Raptor and Rugby United New York hooker Kaleb Geiger about how he was recruited…

Colton kicks off the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by talking about the latest duo of Raptors to make the move to the MLR, San Diego Legion’s new home, and all of the rugby you can watch this weekend (0:00-8:40). Following “The Breakdown”, Colton talks with American Raptors wing Jarrod Cann about his playing football in Germany, making the move to rugby, and potentially making the transition to professional wrestling (8:42-34:09). Following the interview with Jarrod, Colton skips “Required Reading” and closes the show with “The Loop” (34:10-35:29). Jarrod Cann was introduced to rugby when he signed with the Colorado XOs – now the American Raptors – in May. Cann saw significant playing time on the wing for the…

Colton kicks off the show with a very short version of “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by talking about the Los Angeles Sevens, MLR’s leading scorer moving to RUNY, and all of the rugby you can watch this weekend (0:00-7:21). Following “The Breakdown”, Colton talks with American Raptor and one of the newest members of the Dallas Jackals Sam Phillips about his fall season, signing with the Jackals, and how excited he is to be back in Texas (7:23-23:21). Following the interview with Sam, Colton conducts the first-ever interview associated with this week’s “Required Reading” as graphic designer Cameron Kinchen joins the show to discuss the direction World Rugby might go with NFTs (23:23-58:12). After some NFT talk with Cameron, Colton…

Colton starts the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by talking about some Raptors on the move to Major League Rugby teams for the 2022 season, some interesting moves in the rugby sevens space, and all of the rugby you can watch this weekend (0:00-16:01). After “The Breakdown”, Colton talks with American Raptors lock Mikey Grandy about playing football at the University of Texas, practicing martial arts, and how his past sports experiences have made his transition to rugby easier (16:03-39:06). Following the interview with Mikey, Colton assigns some “Required Reading” and closes the show with “The Loop” (36:48-39:06). Mikey Grandy played on the offensive line at the College of San Mateo before transferring to the University of Texas…

Colton kicks off the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by talking about his week in Uruguay with the American Raptors and some Raptors on the move. After “The Breakdown”, Colton answers some of your questions about the tour. Following the mailbag, Colton and closes the show with “The Loop”. Please send in any questions you have about the American Raptors, rugby in Colorado, Major League Rugby, or American rugby as a whole to @DNVR_Rugby and @coltonstrickler on Twitter or leave a comment below. DON’T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE POD! iTunes link – Stitcher Link – Spotify Link

Colton starts the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by proving some details into what’s taken place so far on the American Raptors trip to Uruguay (0:00-6:34). After “The Breakdown”, Colton talks with American Raptors scrum-half Christian Alvarez about growing up in New Zealand, getting drafted by the NOLA Gold, and his thoughts on the composition of the team (6:36-39:35). Following the interview with Christian, Colton and closes the show with “The Loop” (39:37-41:30). Christian Alvarez is from California, but he grew up and learned the game of rugby in Auckland, New Zealand after moving there with his mother at age ten. When he returned to the United States after high school, he played rugby for five seasons at…

Colton starts the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by talking about the American Raptors trip to Uruguay and the USA Women’s Eagles match against Canda (0:00-4:37). After “The Breakdown”, Colton talks with Queens University of Charlotte Head Men’s Rugby Coach Frank McKinney about the new documentary ‘Scrum’ that focuses on his program, his coaching career, and why Wu-Tang Clan is thanked in the credits of the documentary (4:39-42:38). Following the interview with Frank, Colton and closes the show with “The Loop” (42:39-44:13). Frank McKinney is the first and only coach to lead the men’s rugby program at Queens University of Charlotte since taking the job four seasons ago. He led the Royals to the school’s first-ever Division-II National…

Colton kicks off the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by talking about USA Rugby’s upcoming match against the New Zealand All Blacks, the American Raptors upcoming match against the Utah Warriors Selects, and all of the rugby you can watch this weekend. After “The Breakdown”, Colton answers a few of your questions about the USA-New Zealand match, a few new Raptors that have impressed this fall, and what’s next for the Raptors after this weekend. Following the mailbag, Colton assigns two pieces of “Required Reading” and closes the show with some updates in “The Loop”. Please send in any questions you have about the American Raptors, rugby in Colorado, Major League Rugby, or American rugby as a whole…

Colton kicks off the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by talking about USA Rugby’s loss to Uruguay, the measuring stick that the American Raptors’ next two matches will provide, and all of the rugby you can watch this weekend (0:00-7:38). After “The Breakdown”, Colton talks with Ethan Pougnet of the Rebel Rugby Academy about his vision for the academy, his experience coaching The Team at the inaugural Premier Rugby Sevens event, and what the future of sevens rugby in the United States looks like (7:40-33:04). Following the interview with Ethan, Colton assigns some “Required Reading” and closes the show with “The Loop” (33:06-34:38). Ethan Pougnet has aggressively moved through the coaching ranks in the United States rugby scene…

Colton starts off the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by talking about the latest news surrounding the American Raptors, USA Rugby, and all of the rugby you can watch this weekend (0:00-10:19). After “The Breakdown”, Colton talks with American Raptors wing D’Cota Dixon about his journey to Wisconsin, his time in the NFL, and how he found the game of rugby (10:20-42:34). After the interview with D’Cota, Colton talks with former Raptor Sam Slade about how he enjoyed his time in Colorado, playing for Manu Samoa, and what’s next for him (43:51-57:47). Following the interview, Colton assigns some “Required Reading” and closes the show with “The Loop” (57:48-59:55). D’Cota Dixon played 51 games for the Wisconsin Badgers football…

Colton kicks off the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by talking about USA Rugby’s upcoming match against Uruguay, the American Raptors showing at Ruggerfest, a former Colorado XO in the Premier Rugby Sevens, and all of the rugby you can watch this weekend (0:00-8:35). After “The Breakdown”, Colton answers some of your questions about the XV Series, some Raptors to keep an eye on, and what the Raptors schedule looks like for the fall (8:37-21:32). Following the mailbag, Colton assigns two pieces “Required Reading” and closes the show with “The Loop” (21:34-25:37). Please send in any questions you have about the American Raptors, rugby in Colorado, Major League Rugby, or American rugby as a whole to @DNVR_Rugby and @coltonstrickler on Twitter or…

Colton starts off the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by talking about the latest news around USA Rugby, what the American Raptors are up to this weekend, and all of the rugby you can watch this weekend (0:00-9:21). Following “The Breakdown”, Colton talks with American Raptors scrum-half Nolan Saraceni about his stellar football career at Montana Tech, how he discovered rugby, and how he’s enjoying the game so far (9:23-35:29). Following the interview, Colton assigns some “Required Reading” and closes the show with “The Loop” (35:31-39:27). Nolan Saraceni comes to the Raptors from a football background. Saraceni had a stellar career as a running back at Montana Tech. Saraceni finished his career with the Orediggers ranked fourth all-time…

Colton kicks off the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by covering an American Raptor on the HSBC Sevens Circuit, the American Raptors roster, USA Rugby’s big win, and all of the rugby you can watch this weekend (0:00-11:16). Following “The Breakdown”, Colton talks with American Raptors No. 8 Casey McDermott-Vai about the feeling around the team, the new blend of players, and the Raptors upcoming match against Utah Club Rugby (11:18-26:29). Following the interview, Colton closes the show with “The Loop” (26:31-27:41). Casey McDermott-Vai returns for his second season on the rugby pitch after injuries derailed his spring season with the Colorado XOs.  The former TCU football utility player is looking for a big bounce-back season in the…

Colton starts the show with a short version of “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by talking about the latest news surrounding the American Raptors, USA Rugby, and all of the rugby you can watch this weekend (0:00-6:23). Following “The Breakdown”, Colton talks with USA Rugby and San Diego Legion wing/center Ryan Matyas about his rugby career, the Legion’s wild 2021 season, and the feeling around the Eagles as they head into this weekend’s World Cup qualifier against Canada following last week’s loss (6:25-41:10). Following the interview, Colton closes the show with “The Loop” (41:12-42:46). Ryan Matyas gets set to make his 13th appearance in an Eagles jersey as USA Rugby takes on Canada on Saturday evening at Infinity Park. Matyas…

Colton kicks off this solo episode with “The Breakdown” by talking about the news of the Colorado XOs rebranding to the American Raptors, what some of the XO/Raptor players have been up to these last few weeks, and all of the rugby you can watch this weekend (0:00-9:00). After “The Breakdown”, Colton answers some questions that he’s seen floating around the internet about the transition back to the Raptors name (9:02-19:00). After the questions, Colton assigns some “Required Reading” and closes the show with “The Loop” (19:01-20:25). Please send in any questions you have about the American Raptors, rugby in Colorado, Major League Rugby, or American rugby as a whole to @DNVR_Rugby and @coltonstrickler on Twitter or leave a comment below. DON’T FORGET…

Colton starts the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by recapping the 2021 RugbyTown Sevens, talking about the latest Premier Rugby Sevens news, and the Major League Rugby draft (0:00-12:03). Following “The Breakdown”, Colton chats with USA Rugby sevens player and Tokyo 2020 Olympian Cody Melphy about his rugby career, the Olympics, and capitalizing on opportunities (12:05-44:09). Following the interview, Colton assigns some Colorado XO-related “Required Reading”, and closes the show with “The Loop” (44:10-46:36). Cody Melphy is from Littleton, Colorado, and grew up playing soccer before making the switch to rugby in high school. After playing soccer for one year at Metropolitan State University, Melphy left school and began playing rugby with the Glendale Raptors and the Littleton…

Colton begins the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by talking about what to watch for at the 2021 RugbyTown Sevens, the pools, and some Colorado XOs to keep your eye on (0:00-8:31). After “The Breakdown”, Colton talks with the voice of RugbyTown USA, World Rugby Commentator, and former USA Sevens Eagle Dallen Stanford about what he’s been up to, the history of RugbyTown Sevens, and some teams and players that he’s watching for (8:33-28:08). . After the interview, Colton assigns some “Required Reading”, teases next week’s show, and challenges anyone to come beat him in NBA Jam this weekend “The Loop” (28:09-30:12). Dallen Stanford is the voice of RugbyTown USA, a World Rugby commentator and played for the…

Colton starts the show with “The Breakdown” presented by O’Neills by talking about the latest Colorado XO news, a whole lot of MLR stuff, and all of the rugby you can watch this weekend (0:00-10:37). After “The Breakdown”, Colton talks with former University of Northern Colorado Bear and 2021 Major League Rugby draft prospect Zach Bastres. They talk about the Major League Rugby draft, The Rugby Showcase, and Zach’s rugby career (10:39-29:32). After the interview, Colton assigns some “Required Reading” and talks about RugbyTown 7s in “The Loop” (29:33-31:35). Zach Bastres is from Erie, Colorado, and played outside center and wing for the University of Northern Colorado bears rugby team before entering into the 2021 Major League Rugby draft. Please…

Colton kicks off this special solo episode of the show with “The Breakdown” by talking about the Colorado XOs reporting for the fall season, the Major League Rugby Championship, the Olympics, and all of the rugby you can watch this weekend (0:00-12:55). After “The Breakdown”, Colton answers your questions about the men’s Eagles Olympic results, RugbyTown 7s, and why fifteens rugby isn’t also represented in the Olympics (12:57-26:09). After the mailbag, Colton assigns some “Required Reading” and talks about DNVR’s huge party in “The Loop” (26:10-28:48). Please send in any questions you have about the Colorado XOs, rugby in Colorado, Major League Rugby, or American rugby as a whole to @DNVR_Rugby and @coltonstrickler on Twitter or leave a comment below. DON’T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE…

Colton Strickler, Justin Michael of DNVR Rams, and Nathan Rudolph of DNVR Avalanche draft their dream rugby sevens team using current and former Colorado Avalanche players. The guys discuss the similarities between hockey and rugby, talk about their different draft strategies, and break down some players that didn’t get drafted in the honorable mentions. Who do you think won the draft? Let us know on Twitter @DNVR_Rugby and @DNVR_Avalanche or drop a comment below! Please send in any questions you have about the Colorado XOs, rugby in Colorado, Major League Rugby, or American rugby as a whole to @DNVR_Rugby and @coltonstrickler on Twitter or leave a comment below. DON’T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE POD! iTunes link – Stitcher Link – Spotify Link

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